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New York Times, Thursday, December 29, 2005

Author:
David Pringle
Editor:
Will Shortz
Any of the four words hidden in 17-, 26-, 43- and 56-Across: Abbr.
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David Pringle

This puzzle:

Rows: 15, Columns: 15 Words: 72, Blocks: 38 Missing: {FJQVXZ} Spans: 4 This is puzzle # 5 for Mr. Pringle. Thursday freshness: 17%
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© 2005, The New York Times12/29/5 ( No. 20,505 )
Across
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Actress Birch of "American Beauty" : THORA
6
Skid row sound : HIC
9
Composer Siegmeister : ELIE
13
Go from 11 to 12, say : LATEN
14
Red-headed boy of 60's TV : OPIE
16
Care : MIND
17
Classic paradox : CHICKENORTHEEGG
20
Like bird flu, originally : ASIAN
21
Spicy condiment : CHUTNEY
22
An essayist's work is in it : PROSE
25
Dotted line? : ANI
26
Argue forcefully : MAKEASTRONGCASE
33
Keeps : OWNS
34
Windmill part : ROTOR
35
Familiar place for a cat : LAP
36
Actress ___ Dawn Chong : RAE
37
Spectral : GHOSTLY
39
Abbr. in a baby announcement : LBS
40
Canada's Grand ___ National Historic Park : PRE
41
Sylvester's "Rocky" co-star : TALIA
42
Farm feature : SILO
43
Disrespected : HELDINLOWESTEEM
47
Like the hills : OLD
48
Winner of 2.7% of the 2000 presidential vote : NADER
49
Melancholy : SADNESS
53
Diamond and others : NEILS
56
Is fine in the end : TURNSOUTHAPPILY
60
Turf : AREA
61
Role in "The Sign of the Cross" : NERO
62
Like premonitions : EERIE
63
Goes off on a tangent? : YAWS
64
Any of the four words hidden in 17-, 26-, 43- and 56-Across: Abbr. : DIR
65
Kind of queen : DRAMA
Down
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Patient's need, briefly : TLC
2
"What a comic!" : HAHA
3
Los Angeles's ___ College of Art and Design : OTIS
4
File box contents : RECIPES
5
Modern capital of ancient Phrygia : ANKARA
6
Babe : HON
7
Wall St. news : IPO
8
Magazine figure, for short : CIRC
9
Ipecac, for one : EMETIC
10
Means of security : LIEN
11
"Splendor in the Grass" writer : INGE
12
Nervous : EDGY
15
Gas additive : ETHANOL
18
1940's-50's All-Star ___ Slaughter : ENOS
19
Needing to refuel : HUNGRY
23
Perambulation : STROLL
24
Bank problem : EROSION
26
Change (into) : MORPH
27
Sentient : AWARE
28
Show subservience : KNEEL
29
Chief Pontiac's tribe : OTTAWA
30
___ Lowell, title character in a 1980's sitcom : ALLIE
31
Mercury model : SABLE
32
___ Downs : EPSOM
37
The only pieces there are exactly three of in Scrabble : GTILES
38
Not just theoretical : HANDSON
42
Candy ___ : STRIPER
44
Italian women : DONNAS
45
Author Ferber : EDNA
46
Transuded : SEEPED
49
Dog command : STAY
50
Glow : AURA
51
Was attractive? : DREW
52
Pleaded : SUED
54
Coin collected by a numismatico : LIRA
55
Slight : SLIM
57
Prefix with lingual : TRI
58
Opposite of vert. : HOR
59
Voice vote : YEA

Answer summary:
4 unique to this puzzle, 2 debuted here and reused later.

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